Student entrepreneurs enter GCU Dragons’ Den

01 February 2010

Student entrepreneurs enter GCU Dragons’ Den

Some of the contestants in the New Ideas Competition.

STUDENTS from GCU impressed the judges with their business acumen at the annual New Ideas Competition - the University’s answer to Dragons’ Den

Six teams and individuals delivered short pitches to an expert panel of judges, with the three best picking up £100 and place in the national final.

Liz Campbell, formerly of Clydesdale Bank, GCU alumnus Scott Mackie, professional director of Optical Express, and Liz Delaney, head of Corporate Services at charity Cornerstone, sat in wait in the Dragons’ lair.

The £100 winners included Darren Hamilton, for Companion Books, which personalises books for loved ones and Ricky Bell, who impressed the panel with X-Ray Today, a web portal for further learning.

Mandelcore Productions, a family team with the idea of taking creative ideas and making them a reality, also made it through.

All three will now go on to the national round of the New Ideas Competition, which is run by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

Declan Jones, Head of Enterprise, said: “The New Ideas competition is the ideal opportunity for students to come up with a concept and hone their presentation skills by pitching it to a judging panel.

“As always, we were delighted with the high calibre and creativity of the students’ ideas."